BRC Events

2018 Events at the Earth Guardian Pavilion, Burning Man

Saturday – August 25, 2018

10:00 AM – Noon – LNT Outreach/ Resolution Team Training –  Since 2013, Earth Guardians have been doing LNT outreach, checking for oil drips, grey water spills, black water spills and burn barrel problems. We are both LNT advisors and ambassadors.  It’s a great opportunity to have ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love and we’re doing it again this year!  This is a training for our volunteers on the team, and a meal will be provided for the training.

LNT Outreach and Compliance volutneers

LNT Outreach and Compliance volunteers

Sunday – August 26, 2018

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Hot Springs Patrol Driver Training & Coordination Meeting – Our annual Sunday get together with all of the Rangers and Earth Guardians making hot spring patrols happen!  We’ll be reviewing driver shifts, protocols and daily coordination/communications before heading out on the playa to do a test drive around this year’s route to each hot spring and set up the volunteer shelters.  Go Drivers!

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Advanced LNT Outreach/Resolution TrainingAdvanced training for volunteers taking on the Team Lead Position. We’ll review team lead responsibilities, use of the Fulcrum Iphone/Ipad app and do some field testing to practice using the application before Monday’s shift.

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “LNTini”,  “Playarita” or “Fairy Shrimp” cocktail!

5:00 PM– 6:00 PM – All Hands on Deck Camp Meeting All Earth Guardian campers are requested to attend this meeting to meet each other, go over the camp set up, coverage of camp shifts, and the event schedule for the week.

Monday – August 27, 2018

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Nature Bike Tour Orientation conducted by Andy Baker.

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Resolution Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning and afternoon with Black Rock Rangers as LNT advisers as we follow up on oil and grey water spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each shift and must attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

Waiting for cookies!

Waiting for cookies!

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” or a Fairy Shrimp Cocktail!

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Procession to the Temple – Join Earth Guardians and Aztec dancers on a procession to the temple to offer a blessing and install a memorial banner.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Earth Guardian Pot Luck – Campers, come and meet your fellow campers at the Earth Guardian village.  Bring something fresh to share!

Tuesday – August 28, 2018

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach/Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

10:00 PM – Noon – LNT Outreach /Resolution Team Training – Since 2013, Earth Guardians have been doing LNT outreach, checking for oil drips, grey water spills, black water spills and burn barrel problems. We were are both LNT advisors and ambassadors.  It’s a great opportunity to have ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love and we’re doing it again this year!  This is a training for our volunteers on the team, and a meal will be provided for the training.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Champagne MOOP Train – Hitch a ride in style to the outer limits of BRC on the Earth Guardian Champagne MOOP Train. See what treasures you may find to put in your free hand made MOOP bag.

Noon – 3:00 PM Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven.  An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, a commercial solar oven, rocket stoves, and an evapotron for gray water.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – How Hemp Can Save the Planet – Hear the history of hemp from ancient times, how it became illegal and now is making a comeback worldwide. A global perspective of a plant that could disrupt the textile industry. Get an overview of hemp as medicine, food and as a building material while seeing samples of tinctures, slaves, hemp seeds, hemo Crete to feel, raw hemp fibers and textiles.

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Resolution Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning and afternoon with Black Rock Rangers as LNT advisers as we follow up on oil and grey water spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each shift and must attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

Awesome Volunteers!

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM  – Ecoshanti, Spirituality and the Environment – Spiritual ecologist, Juan Vazquez, will explore core values that enable us to sustain deep and eco-friendly lifestyles, that help us in turn to live in harmony with the planet. Juan has participated in the last five UN Conferences on Climate Change as well as the RIO+20 Conference on Sustainable Development.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Beyond the Five Senses – Explore how to remove the drama and stress from your life by remembering that the human experience entails much more than the three dimensions of our five senses. Join this discussion and “remember” lessons from ancient Mexican knowledge that seems to surpass modern psychology in terms of mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. Taught by Teco as covered by Maestro Xokonoxtletl, in his book, Juicio a España, Testigos Aztecas.

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar –  Come try a “LNTini”,  “Playarita” or “Fairy Shrimp” cocktail!

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM –  Playa Sunset Bike Tour – Join desert experts on a 5 mile journey exploring the subtle geomorphic wonders that form Black Rock City’s backdrop. See how our city and art affects the environment, and how Burning Man strives to Leave No Trace.

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Live Music Showcase – hosted by Nathyn Knott and friends featuring conscious music, poetry and dance inspired by our connection to the earth and nature.

Wednesday – August 29, 2018

6:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Playa Sunrise Bike Tour – The “golden hour” after dawn is prime for photography and wildlife spotting. Tour the deep playa, find “Golden MOOP” at the trash fence, contemplate our place in the cycles of deep time. Cameras, binoculars and field guides welcome.

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach/Resolution Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM –  Playa Nature Bike Tour. The playa seems featureless, but the lake bed is a complex environment. Search for clues to the shape of the constantly changing surface. See how our city and art affects the environment, and how Burning Man strives to Leave No Trace.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Space Debris: Pollution in the Final Frontier – Since 1958, western civilization’s rapid economic and military evolution has grown the population of stable Earth-orbiting objects from one – the Moon – to tens of thousands. The vast majority of these objects fall around Earth like forgotten cannonballs from an ancient war, ready to strike an unlucky passerby days, months, years, decades, or centuries after being launched. In this talk, Alan Smith, who works in space traffic management,  will trace through the history of humanity’s use of space, from Sputnik, to weather satellites, to geosynchronous communications satellites, to the Global Positioning System, and the mega-constellations currently being fabricated. With each object moving in different directions at speeds many times faster than an assault rifle bullet, we’ll also explore what can be done to address this seemingly-intractable problem.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – MOOP Champagne Train – Hitch a ride in style to the outer limits of BRC on the Earth Guardian Champagne MOOP Train. See what treasures you may find to put in your free hand made MOOP bag.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Geology of the Black Rock Desert – Ever wondered about those amazing land forms around Black Rock City? Come and learn how they were formed and what they’re about. Come and learn about the rocks from Elizabeth Miller, our expert geologist from Stanford.

Geology talk

Geology talk

Noon – 3:00 PM Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven. An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, a commercial solar oven, rocket stoves, evapotron for gray water and a Black Rock Solar array.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Leading the Way Locally on Climate – Morgan Goodwin, town council member and former mayor of Truckee, CA will talk about the global effort to combat climate change, and how getting elected to local office is one of the most powerful things you can do to join the effort.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Burning Man and the Environment – Since 1991 on the playa Burning Man has evolved and innovated to protect the Black Rock Desert. Learn the history starting with the installation of the perimeter fence, fire blankets and evapotrons. When was the Leave No Trace protocol brought to the playa? When was the first year for the Burner Express buses? What else is Burning Man doing to protect the Black Rock Desert and the planet?

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – More than just one word on Plastics:- Plastics: we love them and hate them. Rebecca Braslau, organic chemistry professor at UC Santa Cruz, will discuss the history of plastics, what they are made of, health, environmental and societal issues, and exciting developments in emerging biosustainable and biodegradable plastics.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM  Juice Lab & Snow Cone Saloon – Join Jai and Zobek for a kid-sponsored bar serving brightly colored juice in various states of matter (liquid and frozen!). Come and share your LNT knowledge and tips for a sweet treat.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM  – Our Future is in Our Hands. Really. No kidding. Annette Gardner, Assistant Professor and Futurist at UC San Francisco will engage participants in taking the long view (10+ years) to envision a better future for the earth and its inhabitants. Mars is not an option for most of us. We can make a difference. We have to.

Laura having fun on the bar

4:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar –  Come try a “LNTini”,  “Playarita” or “Fairy Shrimp” cocktail!

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM –  Playa Sunset Bike Tour – Join desert experts on a 5 mile journey exploring the subtle geomorphic wonders that form Black Rock City’s backdrop. See how our city and art affects the environment, and how Burning Man strives to Leave No Trace.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Earth Anniversary Party – Greening the Burn / Leave No Trace Cocktail Hour: we will celebrate all of you Green, Eco and LNT superheros with earthy libations from the EG bar and some Earth-produced nosh to celebrate the high valued LNT /green burners! All LNT/Green camps invited!.  Without you, Black Rock City would not be sustainable!

 

Thursday – August 30, 2018

8:00 AM – 11:00AM – Playa Nature Bike Tour – The playa seems featureless, but the lake bed is a complex environment. Search for clues to the shape of the constantly changing surface. See how our city and art affects the environment, and how Burning Man strives to Leave No Trace.

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Socrates Cafe with Jairo – Are you concerned about climate change and the environment?  Is there hope or is it “game over”? One of the 10 principles states our community respects the environment and we are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. How about our CO2 footprint?  Let’s discuss and try to clarify this topic while supporting each other.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – MOOP Champagne Train – Hitch a ride in style to the outer limits of BRC on the Earth Guardian Champagne MOOP Train. See what treasures you may find to put in your free hand made MOOP bag.

12:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven. An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, commercial solar ovens, rocket stove, and evapotron for gray water.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – How to Stay Green, Clean, and Beautiful, even on the Playa  -Zero waste and plastic-free is possible at BRC. Upcycled beauty bags along with homemade beauty and hygiene products demo (wipes, sunscreen, lotion and so much more) for playa and off-playa life. Tips and recipes from dozens of burns, ancient recipes, and new ideas from around the world.

Dave Cooper telling us about the Black Rock Desert

Dave Cooper telling us about the Black Rock Desert

2:00 PM- 3:00 PM – The Black Rock Desert: Our Inspiring Home! – Come learn about the vast Black Rock Desert and what makes it come alive. Dave Cooper, local and former manager of the Black Rock NCA will talk about playa dust, wilderness areas, historic emigrant trails, wildlife, wild horses, & more. Come with questions!

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM  Juice Lab & Snow Cone Saloon – Join Jai and Zobek for a kid-sponsored bar serving brightly colored juice in various states of matter (liquid and frozen!). Come and share your LNT knowledge and tips for a sweet treat.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Simple Rocket Stove Construction Workshop – DIYers! Learn how to make a simple rocket stove that uses recycled paper pellets or twigs for fuel. Davis will go over the steps for making the stove out of recycled tin cans and then have the supplies so you can make one for yourself to take back to your camp. Limited to 10 that can make a stove but open to all for instructions. Sign up at Earth Guardians.

4:00 – 5:00 PM – Glue it, Screw it, Patch it. Repair it! Don’t Replace it! –  How to fix things that break, are worn or want to be re-purposed. Sometimes you have a favorite thing you just want to keep a little longer or most of the object is still good but a portion is loose or broken making the whole thing useless . This workshop will show you how to extend the life of an object.  Bring something to fix if you wish.  Hunger (playa name), the workshop leader,  has worked as a product designer and artist for over 40 years and enjoys fixing things.

4:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Earth Guardians Open Bar –  Come try a “LNTini”,  “Playarita” or “Fairy Shrimp” cocktail!

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Happy Hour with Friends of the Black Rock Desert.

Chico leads us in a dance.

Chico leads us in a dance.

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Playa Sunset Bike Tour – Join desert experts on a 5 mile journey exploring the subtle geomorphic wonders that form Black Rock City’s backdrop. See how our city and art affects the environment, and how Burning Man strives to Leave No Trace.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Aztec Dance to Honor Mother Earth and the Four Directions –Aztec dancers with rare, traditional instrument accompanists will renew our connection to earth, wind, fire and water. Dances will be explained while connecting us to nature; we will end with a friendship community dance circle which all are encouraged to join.

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Earth Guardians Live Salsa Party – Salsa music party hosted by the Aztec Burners.

Friday – September 01, 2017

Andy getting ready to take out another bike tour!

Andy getting ready to take out another bike tour!

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach/Resolution Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – MOOP Champagne Train – Hitch a ride in style to the outer limits of BRC on the Earth Guardian Champagne MOOP Train. See what treasures you may find to put in your free hand made MOOP bag.

12:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven. An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, commercial solar ovens, a rocket stove, and an evapotron for gray water.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Circular Thought – An Ancient Solution to a Modern Problem –  Linear thought has resulted in the most powerful and richest country the world has ever witnessed. But at what cost? Join a discussion that is lacking in mainstream society,  a discussion in which we can remember that circular thought can bring about a balanced lifestyle, and a healthy environment.

2:00 – 3:00 Holly on water resources and building soil

Plastic Free Camping - EG Green Tour

Participants listening to Beth Terry explain her plastic free camp at Earth Guardians

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – The Black Rock Desert: Our Inspiring Home! – Come learn about the vast Black Rock Desert and what makes it come alive. Dave Cooper, local and former manager of the Black Rock NCA will talk about playa dust, wilderness areas, historic emigrant trails, wildlife, wild horses, & more. Come with questions!

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Behind the Green Curtain Bike Tour: An interpretive bike tour of some of Black Rock City’s Green camps featuring solar installations, grey water set ups, recycling efforts, plastic-free living, solar cookers and much more, Come see what innovators are doing to make Black Rock City more environmentally friendly.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM  Juice Lab & Snow Cone Saloon – Join Jai and Zobek for a kid-sponsored bar serving brightly colored juice in various states of matter (liquid and frozen!). Come and share your LNT knowledge and tips for a sweet treat.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Do You Have Solastalgia? … distress caused by environmental changes like climate or events such as volcanic eruptions, drought or fire? PTSD? Grief for any reason? Come join the circle to learn or share drug-free tips to cope with sadness. We will collect all ideas and send you a copy of our happiness recipe book to comfort you anytime in the default world.

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar –  Come try a “LNTini”,  “Playarita” or “Fairy Shrimp” cocktail!

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Gourmet Grilled Cheese Challenge – Earth Guardians will provide your standard bread, cheese, mushrooms and bacon for a pretty good grilled cheese. However, you can provide your own secret ingredients, special cheese, special bread or cooking techniques and prepare a few sandwiches for the challenge to impress our judge. Any takers for this challenge?

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Live Music Showcase – hosted by Nathyn Knott and friendsfeaturing conscious music, poetry and dance inspired by our connection to the earth and nature.

Saturday- September 01, 2018

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Behind the Green Curtain Bike Tour – An interpretive bike tour of some of Black Rock City’s Green camps featuring solar installations, grey water set ups, recycling efforts, plastic-free living, solar cookers and much more. Come see what innovators are doing to make Black Rock City more environmentally friendly.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – MOOP Champagne Train – Hitch a ride in style to the outer limits of BRC on the Earth Guardian Champagne MOOP Train. See what treasures you may find to put in your free hand made MOOP bag.

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11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Geology of the Black Rock Desert – Ever wondered about those amazing land forms around Black Rock City? Come and learn how they were formed and what they’re about. Come and learn about the rocks from Elizabeth Miller, our expert geologist from Stanford.

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven. An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, commercial solar ovens, a rocket stove, and an evapotron for gray water.

12:30 PM –  7:30 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar –  Come try a “LNTini”,  “Playarita” or “Fairy Shrimp” cocktail!

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  – World’s Largest Fire Blanket – Senior Earth Guardian and Leave No Trace Master Educator Mike Bilbo will discuss the history of burn scars on the playa, Leave No Trace solutions, and Burning Man’s stewardship through large scale solutions known as burn platforms. Learn also what is the latest protocol for building a fire when camping in back country areas. Then off we go via bike tour to see the world’s largest fire blanket. How big is it, what is it made of? We will investigate.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM  Juice Lab & Snow Cone Saloon – Join Jai and Zobek for a kid-sponsored bar serving brightly colored juice in various states of matter (liquid and frozen!). Come and share your LNT knowledge and tips for a sweet treat.

Ann helping folks make Tshirt bags

Ann helping folks make Tshirt bags

Sunday – September 02, 2018

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Earth Guardian Pot Luck – Campers, come and share some food with your fellow campers at the Earth Guardian village.  Bring what ever you have left to share!

Monday – September 03, 2018

9:00 AM – Thank You, Feedback and 2019 Planning Breakfast – Let’s get together over breakfast to talk about how things went, express gratitude for all our teams and maybe start to plan for 2019! Potluck and our managers will make camp breakfast for us.

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